FreeBSD 4.3

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Sun Jan 20 17:21:48 GMT 2002

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On Sunday, January 20, 2002, at 04:50  pm, Josef Karthauser wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 20, 2002 at 04:40:06PM +0000, Jonathan Perkin wrote:
>> On Sun Jan 20, 2002 at 04:21:14PM +0000, Josef Karthauser wrote:
>>> You're not getting all of the spam that's being sent to this group.
>>> I'm rejecting a fair amount of it because the list software detects 
>>> it.
>>> I'm not sure what the general solution is, most of it seems to be 
>>> from a
>>> random address with random content it in.  My guess is that a virus is
>>> sending most of it because it doesn't appear to have any purpose.
>> Maybe time to restrict posting to the list directly only from addresses
>> already subscribed, with the rest being made pending approval.
>> I don't think many people who participate on the list aren't 
>> subscribed.

Is that not the way mailing lists are normally run? - I'm surprised that 
this list isn't.
What are the reasons for keeping posting open?

> I don't mind doing that - it would mean that you much send to the list
> from the address that you subscribed to, otherwise it will take a little
> while longer for the post to arrive.  (If I'm on holiday for instance
> then such postings won't get moderated until I'm back.)

I don't know about mailman, but majordomo allows an approved posters 
file to be specified in the config; it's a plain text file with addition 
(non subscribed) addresses which are allowed to post to the list. I use 
it on the list I run for my local LUG, it allows people to send from 
multiple email accounts (e.g. home and work), but only subscribe with 

If you don't want to got that route; you could try blocking all 
HTML-ized mail - most spam I get seems to be HTML, and the HTML spam 
trap I've got cleans up my inbox nicely. You could have HTML mail 
require approval to get through to the list. Don't know how to do this, 

> I don't care much, because I'm receiving similiar spam to most of the
> mailing lists that I'm on, so reducing the noice on this list won't make
> a difference to me.

Yeah, but think of the difference it'd make if every list removed the 
spam. Since moving from broadband to dialup, I've had to unsub from a 
number of lists because of the spam.

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